Regular services, prayers and Bible study
Sundays, 10.00 - 11.15 am
Sung Parish Eucharist
A beautiful, dignified act of worship, conducted according to the Common Worship liturgy, with a sung mass, candles and incense. Children are welcome throughout and there are toys and a small play area for littlies. Happy dogs on a lead are also welcome.
If you're new to church or just to St Mary's, enjoy the experience. You may sit where you like and either watch or join in with as much as appeals. The regular service is printed in the red booklets, with the weekly readings and notices on the white sheets, and the hymns in the green books. During communion, everyone may come forward to the altar but if you would prefer to remain in your seat, please do so. You may also come forward to receive a blessing from the priest instead of taking the sacraments of bread and wine. If you've any questions at any stage, it's always OK to ask! Send us an email in advance if you've any particular questions you would like sorted before attending. If you're coming by car we can also help with parking on a Sunday morning.
We're delighted if people stay behind (or drop-in) for tea and coffee afterwards. Again, if you're new to St Mary's, the coffee-slot after the service is a good time to get to know the church and meet our regulars. We're open till at least 1 pm for visiting on a Sunday and it's fine to take photographs.
Mondays, 9.30 - 10.00 am
A calming, meditative start to the working week with a half-hour spoken service, conducted in the evocative language of the Book of Common Prayer. The service is held in the intimate space of the Lady Chapel. Worshippers are invited to stay on afterwards for tea and biscuits or to join in a series of prayers for individual needs. There's also our knitting group at 10.30 am.
Tuesdays, 6.30 - 7.00 pm
A half-hour spoken Eucharist, using the traditional liturgy of the Book of Common Prayer. Held in the Lady Chapel. Everyone is welcome to join the service or simply to sit in the main part of the church while it is on. The evening light flooding in through the west windows is both beautiful and soothing, especially in the summer.
Wednesdays, 8.30 - 9.00 am
A reflective service, using the Common Worship liturgy, held in the Lady Chapel. People are welcome to join the service or simply enjoy the serenity and calm of the church, which remains open until at least 2 pm on most Wednesdays.
Wednesdays, 12.30 - 1 pm
A half-hour spoken Eucharist, conducted according to the Common Worship liturgy, which takes place in the Lady Chapel. Tea and coffee are usually available before the service.
Fridays, 9.30 - 10.00 am
A quiet, said service, using the Common Worship liturgy, held in the Lady Chapel. People are welcome to join the service or else view the church and breathe in its calming beauty.
First Saturday of the month, 9 - 9.30 am
Julian Group Contemplative Prayer Meeting
A half-hour contemplative prayer meeting, which begins with a short reading, followed by 25 minutes of silent contemplation, meditation and prayer. A chance to stop, breathe deeply, and leave the distractions of daily life behind. Please contact Margaret Green for further details.
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The procession, 6 July 2014. Photo by Justin Chan.